Day in history for January 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It will be noticed that the Rock Island rail road will probably be opened to Ottawa by the 1st of Feb. and to Peru by the 1st of March.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Works has been running night and day and even then has found it almost impossible to keep up with the orders.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Announcement has been made that essential frontage has been secured for completion of a new loop electric line to the bluff. This extension of the Tri-City Railway System will be known as the Long View Park Loop.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The grand jury, after three-and-a-half hours deliberation, has acquitted Edward Reed of Rock Island of manslaughter charges in the death of Michael McCoy in an auto accident near Taylor Ridge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cpl. Arlo Nash, son of F.B. Nash of Galva, earned top honors in the first class to graduate from the NCO school in Korea. This school, formed Dec. 19, was designed to teach potential leaders the tricks of combat and leadership.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A area wide strike by retail meatcutters was avoided this past weekend when negotiators for six Quad-City food chains and union representatives agreed upon a contract extension. The meatcutters three year contracts with Eagle, Jewel, Randall, A And P, Geifman and Kroeger, expired Saturday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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